These days there is information overload, and even more junk out there pretending to be healthy. I’m here to do the research for you and make sure the products and companies you buy from are top quality and have your best interest in mind.
The following products are ones that I have personally tried or verified to make sure they are natural, clean and high quality. The companies and products listed are environmentally friendly, safe and natural.
Online Natural Health Food Store
Thrive Market is an amazing source for real food, health products, and home, personal, and baby care items at discounted prices. It’s Costco meets Amazon meets Whole Foods. You can get free coconut oil when you sign up!
Health and Beauty
Beeswax | Amazon
Bentonite Clay | Amazon
Castille Soap (Liquid) | Dr. Bronners
Castor Oil | Sky Organics
Cocoa Butter | Amazon
Salt Lamps (Air Purifying) | Amazon
Natural Hair Dye (Restores Hair to Natural Color) | Hairprint
Baby and Kids
Teething Necklace | Andy Pandy Premium
Accessories and Home
Natural Cleaning | Honest Company
The Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) is an online herbal school that offers an introductory herbal program and an intermediate herbal program. Their programs are thorough, detailed, and laid out in a way that is organized and easy to understand. This school is great if you’re brand new to herbs or if you’ve been learning and using herbs for quite a while. The people at HANE are passing along herbal education from top-notch herbalists and medical experts, and these programs contain a great mix of historical and scientific information.
The FDN Certification Course teaches which labs to use and how to interpret the results and natural protocols that build health no matter what the health complaint. Anyone can run labs, but without a complete understanding, most providers end up treating only the test results instead of the person. FDN allows anyone to offer an opt-in model of self-care to his or her clients that is easy to follow and exactly what they have been looking for from a health care provider. FDN protocols are potent, proven, professional and individualized to build health!
One attends IIN to become a certified holistic health coach. In the IIN program, you will learn a myriad of dietary theories that will help you customize dietary protocols for clients based upon bio-individuality, their personality, and their emotional capacity for change. These protocols will help your clients heal and maintain their newfound level of health. There is no other school out there that teaches so much about food and how to pull pearls of wisdom from many different dietary theories to create a completely customized “food as medicine” protocol for your clients.
IIN will give you the tools to set up a health coaching business of your own, which takes the stress and anxiety out of starting your own business.
Health and Nutrition Book-Must Haves
- Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr – Kris shares her story of how she managed her inoperable cancer through diet – just amazing and a very easy, very positive read.
- Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger – Written by a doctor disillusioned by modern medicine, all about how we should treat our bodies with a clean diet and lifestyle for optimum health.
- The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell – A lot of science in this book. It details the largest study on nutrition ever conducted and the results of it.
- The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman – A very understandable, very straight-forward insight into how to clean up your diet. If you’re very new to healthy eating this is very helpful. Ultra-Metabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman – similar to the blood sugar solution and great for all the same reasons, but gives a new insight into how our metabolism works and a big stress on how all calories are not equal!
- The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder – Explains how energy needs to be freed from our digestive systems to give us optimum health and therefore optimum beauty. Explains how a plant based diet will do this.
- Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – Gives the most amazing insight into what goes on in our food system and how nasty most of the stuff we eat really is! Kind of gross but really incredible
- Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin – This is amazing, it’s all about how powerful the mind is and how important it’s role is in healing. If you’re struggling with illness then I couldn’t recommend this more, it really helped me.
- Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter- Dr. Perlmutter explains the destructive effects that ‘healthy whole grains’ have on our brains.
- Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis- Written by a cardiologist, Dr. Davis explains the devastating, destructive effects of wheat on our bodies. Cutting-edge research, for example, has revealed that consumption of modern wheat is the first step in triggering autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
- Eating on The Wild Side by Jo Robinson- A wonderful read, explains how to regain lost nutrients by choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants. Based on years of scientific research, this book will forever change the way you think about food.
- Whole by Dr. Colin Campbell- Written by a doctor, Dr. Campbell explains the evidence behind a plant based diet and the ways our current scientific paradigms ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body.
- Diet by Design by Tyler Stanley- Unveils the principles of eating and living that will allow you to achieve and maintain health. Learn the keys to permanent weight loss and high energy foods. This book is an oldie but goodie!
- How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger- nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org (check it out!), examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America ― heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more ― and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
Vitamix: This is the one thing in my kitchen that I refuse to live with out. Seven years and my vitamix is still going strong. It is my favorite thing in the Summer when I am a smoothie-holic and my best friend in the Winter when I make soups. But seriously, I use it everyday.
Dehydrator: Using a dehydrator is a great way to preserve food and save money. You can dry herbs you grow for use in the winter, make beef jerky, make your own soaked and dehydrated nuts, fruit snacks, etc.
Yogurt Maker: Once you realize how easy it is to make yogurt, you won’t throw your money away on it at the grocery store. Yogurt is a wonderful way to incorporate probiotic-rich foods into your diet, but you need to be careful not to over do it on the sugar (companies love to hide lots of sugar in their yogurt). I like to make my own and sweeten it with honey. Wah-la!
Juicer/Shredder/Ice Cream Maker: I’ve had many juicers in my life, but the Champion will always have my heart. I love this one so much because it’s not only a great, reliable juicer, but it’s perfect for when you want to grind up carrots for your salad or make ice cream with your frozen bananas. This machine is so versatile, it comes in handy daily.
Food Processor: If you don’t have a vitamix, you need a food processor. But if you have a vitamix, you don’t need a food processor 😉 Just kidding. Kind of? My food processor is definitely one of my kitchen babies. It comes out whenever I make hummus or raw desserts, but honestly it comes out the most often for my homemade pasta. I love love love love the fact that my food processor can knead dough. Amazing, right? Ever since I’ve had my food processor (thank you, mom and dad!) I’ve used it for my homemade pasta. Pasta from scratch went from a 45-60 minute prep time to a 15 minute prep time. Hallelujah.
Gravity Water Filter: Filters both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Although I do not have one of these beauties at home, I have one in my office (thank goodness). 🙂
Cheese Cloth: A necessity when making homemade almond or coconut milk, cheese and straining stocks.